If the shoe fits…

I hope everyone is having a fabulous 2016 so far!  We’re almost going into February and with how fast January has come and is going (just two more days!), is proof that THE DAY will be here in no time.

August 7th is — 191 DAYS AWAY.  (27 weeks, 2 DAYS)

So I haven’t found THE dress, and I haven’t found THE shoes.  Correction.  I haven’t found the dress because I haven’t found THE shoes. (Well, I did, like five months ago, but Nordstrom, ended up “not having it in-stock” as they advertised on their website, so I placed an order only to have it cancelled, but that’s a story for another day.)  Thank you, Nordstrom for breaking my heart and providing the ultimate customer disservice.  I still love you though, I know I will find something better.

I know what you’re thinking.  Why shoes first, silly?  Shouldn’t it be the dress?  For those who absolutely know me, you understand how important shoes are to me. Wonderful shoes take you to wonderful places.  Shoes carry the wearer, and you deserve the most beautiful pair to reflect the most exquisite person you are and the magnificent adventure heading your way.  So once I find the shoe that fits, then I’ll say seriously shop for the dress.

I wanted to share some of the most alluring bridal shoes I came across, they are all so breathtaking in their own ways.

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  1.  Ariel by Betsey Johnson, features a dust of dazzling crystals and Betsey’s signature blue sole, height: 4″
  2. Charm by Kate Spade– shine bright, bowtiful!  Dance the night away in these sparkly slingbacks featuring a sweet bow detail. Height: 4″
  3. Beloved by Christian Loubotin– definitely loved with intricate design, featuring floral laser cut half d’orsay. Height: 3 9/10″
  4. Saskia by Benjamin Adams London– turn heads in these stunning heels featuring Austrian crystals. Height: 4″
  5. Vivien 85 by Jimmy Choo– beautiful satin sandals finished with a sophisticated feather bow makes you feel like an angel bride. Height: 3.3″
  6. Karen by Nina– Satin peep-toes featuring a crystal ankle strap with adjustable bow.  Height: 4″ heel & 1/2″ platform
  7. Narke by Menbur– beads, crystals and lacy fabric embellished on peep-toe lustrous satin. Height: 5″ heel & 1″ platform
  8. Reesie by I.N.C- T-strap open-toe heels with all-over rhinestones and bow accent.  Height: 3 9/10″
  9. Poetry II by Badgley Mischka– satin pointed-toe, featuring gorgeous crystal embellishment on heel. Height: 4″

Aren’t they all sooooo astonishing?  Which is your favorite?

 

Love,
Honey

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Kiss & Tell – A Fashion Must!

Pucker up ladies, one of Spring 2014’s biggest trend is making its mark.  It is all about the lips! Smacked on the runway from designers such as (my favorite) Diane Von Furstenberg, Alice + Olivia, Saint Laurent, and Giles- the lip prints are all over dresses, skirts, blouses, accessories, and even shoes.

Keep a look-out for this trend, as this is the time when it’s actually fashionable to kiss and tell 😉

Here are some of my current loves:::

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1.  Diane von Furstenberg “Jera” Dress

2.  Vivetta Bibi Lips Tank Top

3.  Jennifer Loiselle Lip Drop Earrings

4.  Alice + Olivia Karsyn Kiss N Tell Sweater

5.  Holly Fullton Lipstick Skirt

6.  Markus Lupfer Lips Sweater

7.  Kate Spade New York Seanna Oversized Sunglasses

8.  Marc Jacobs Lip Print Bangle

9.  Betsey Johnson Crystal Red Lips Watch

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

A million kisses,
Honey

The Fierce Factor….Leopard Print Fashion

For those who know me, you know that I am very much in love with leopard print.  So I am thrilled to be writing a post about this trend that seems to be revived almost every season.  Yes, borrowing from the big cat is the trend again  this season!  Of course, my darlings, I am referring to Autumn/Winter 2013, as Hawaii is still in between summer and fall (even though the rest of the fashion world has already moved on to spring of next year) 😉

Anyway, the leopard print is revived, prominent in designer’s collections such as Giambattista Valli, Roland Mourett, DKNY, Burberry and Diane Von Furstenberg.

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The print has been adjusted in different patterns, sizes and colors to be larger, smaller, more whimsical and more dramatic.

Ironically, the leopard print also almost becomes neutral, that you can pair it with everything.  If used sensibly, the print also makes a striking accent to any ensemble.  Next to black and white, leopard print ranks third in my wardrobe essentials.  Below are my current fashion cravings, wish I could afford them! 😉

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Photos courtesy of shopstyle.com

I also wish Hawaii allowed Bengal cats, because I would definitely have one right now!

<3,
Honey

Peacocks & Paper Cranes

These past three weeks of my free time I had spent creating beautiful accessories with special meaning and symbolism.

Earrings and pens made from beautiful and vibrant Tibetan peacock feathers symbolizing beauty, grace, enlightenment, protection, renewal and good luck…

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Inspired by my lucky peacock decor that hangs in my living room, I wanted to share the goodness I feel when I see it…The vibrant hues lifts up any spirit, and encourage a promising tomorrow.

I have also learned to fashion paper crane earrings created from high-quality origami yuzen paper. Various beads, gemstones and pearls are incorporated into the paper crane to create unique earrings- none of the designs are the same.

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Tsuru, or paper crane is a symbol of hope, peace, happiness, loyalty, good health and yes, good luck. Legend has it is you make fold 1000 paper cranes, and you get to make a wish.

My wish in this lifetime, is to sell one thousand paper crane earrings.

Pens and earrings will be posted for sale on my Etsy within the next few days. Hope you like them! They make perfect Mother’s Day Gifts 😉

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AE Project Live Your Life

I am very blessed that in my profession, not only am I able to meet a lot of different people, but I also have the opportunity to see them grow, and make a difference in their lives. Some I work with for a short while, while some end up having a special place in my heart. They learn from me, but I learn from them even more. They, in their own way, inspire me to do better.

Seeing them strive for their dreams, to make them come true- whether it be for modeling, or acting, or pageants….they keep me motivated to keep doing what I’m doing with passion.

Particularly, one of my favorite girls in this industry- Elisabeth Levine, or as we call her Lizzy.

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At sixteen years old, Lizzy is one of the most beautiful girls you’ll meet. She is not just pretty on the outside- she is smart, has a good head on her shoulders, and is so full of life. Lizzy will light up any room she walks in without even trying. She also has wonderful parents that supports her 101% in anything she sets her heart to.

Right now, Lizzy is a finalist for American Eagle’s Project Live Your Life.  American Eagle Outfitters is currently on a search for new faces for their upcoming campaign.

Lizzy is currently leading in the Bright & Bold Category.  Not so come off as a saleswoman, but PLEASE VOTE FOR LIZZY.

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Sharing this with you all is a way of showing my support and my love for this amazing young woman.  I am a big fan of Lizzy- I think she is a great example of what girls should be at this age and this generation. She said she wants to make us very proud, but we already are 😉

One day, Lizzy Levine is going to take this world by storm, just wait and see.

Love,
Miss Honey

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny….Bikini Season

The stormy weather last week was a sign that Hawaii nei was still in Winter Season, but it’s all done and over now (I hope) which, means………….

It’s officially SPRING!!! Woooohooo! Which means it’s BIKINI SEASON!!!!

Okay, okay…I know with Hawaii’s usually sunny skies and ideal paradise climate you can pretty much wear a bikini any day of the year, but I just like the pleasure of thinking we can have Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter here too 😉
Anyway, here are some guidelines to finding the sexiest swimsuit for your body type.

STRAIGHT, ATHLETIC BUILD
*Choose padded tops to add cleavage or pieces with intricate detailing to add interest on your not-so-interesting bosoms.
*Styles such as ring-top bandeaus, ruffled trim swimsuits, and tops with wider neck straps will give you a va-vavoom effect!

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TOP-HEAVY, “APPLE” SHAPED BUILD
*Opt for more structured suits to keep your girls in place 😉 you don’t want them too free that you set yourself up for a wardrobe malfunction. Tops with underwire support are your best choice.
*Halter tops are a better selection than triangular or bandeau tops, which tend to smash your boobies together- skimpy AND unflattering.
*Think prints! Patterns keep the eyes busy and are slimming than solid-colored ensembles.
*If you prefer solid colors, go for one-piece swimsuits with details on the midsection area, such as rouching, or gathering of fabric or even an embellishment to create a slimming and flattering division between the chest and hips

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BOTTOM-HEAVY, “PEAR” SHAPED BUILD
*Stay away from boy-shorts style bikini bottoms, which cut thighs off in all the wrong places. Select higher-cut bottoms to give legs thinner and longer appearance. String bikinis are a must!
*Tankini is your best friend- great for concealing a heavy mid-section.
*Draw attention on your upper body by wearing bright or printed bikini tops, and darker bikini bottoms.
*A deep V-neck also shows off your sexy upper body
*Go nautical and pair a striped top with a solid bikini bottom- eyes will directly notice the striped pattern and forgets your bottom-heavy silhouette

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CURVY, HOURGLASS FIGURE
*Most styles will match an hour-glass figure, the main thing to remember is choose styles that won’t knock your figure out of proportion!
*Remember, simplicity’s best!
*Wear bikini tops with underwire support and stay away from padded styles as they will create a heavier upper body
*Avoid bottoms with side ties or chunky waistband as it will draw attention to your hips, widening your bottom
*Don’t wear bottoms with heavy print design or horizontal stripes, as it will create a bottom-heavy figure. Narrow stripes should be okay.

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So my next dilemma is getting this beachin’ body back, because I have been, as you know my darlings…slackin in my fitness 😦

I am hoping within the next six weeks to fit into this bikini from VS:

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Super sexy, super fierce…. 😉

With Love & Aloha,
Your island girl,
Honey

The Power Pout- Fuchsia is the New Red

One of my favorite pieces to write about, PINK LIPSTICK.  This reminds me so much of college days- Theater class.  Part of an icebreaker was to go around the room describing our fellow classmates in three words.  When it was about me, an undergrad named Jack had said “Honey?!…Uhhh, long black hair, dangly earrings and pink lips.”   Statement lipstick back in the day was too bold and daring.  But whaddayah know, nothing changed.  In style or not, I still wear pink lipstick up until today. 😉

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And I’m so happy  that in the fashion world, statement lips aren’t going anywhere this season. More specifically, fuchsia pink.

Fresher than red, fuchsia is a mix of naughty and nice- cool and luxurious, trendy but still ladylike.  It’s the perfect alternative to the classic red lips especially during spring and summer.

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First time trying out this show-stopper look?  See below for tips on how to wear it right:

*Make sure you’ve exfoliated your lips so that they’re smooth and soft.
*Keep it simple. Choose base makeup that’s subtle but defined enough so the bright pink shade doesn’t wash you out. Yes, you can still wear eye makeup, but go easy on your eyeshadow choice.
*If you have cooler skin, select a lipstick one with blue undertones. and if you have warm undertones, opt for something more orange or red-based.
*For a longer-lasting effect, pat a bit of concealer or foundation over your lips to anchor the color.
*Apply one coat of color, then blot with a tissue, and apply a second coat. This helps absorbs any moisture in the lipstick so that the color looks bolder. The second coat helps the color stay on longer.

Need ideas? My personal collection of pink lipsticks are below:

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Love,

Honey